City of Ann Arbor
  • Systems Planning
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 65,000 - $75,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Urban Planner - Project Engagement Specialist

Starting Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $5000, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary

Performs responsible administrative and professional work of a complex nature, coordinating and assisting with community engagement activities for projects, policies, and programs; working with the University of Michigan and other outside agencies to coordinate policy meetings; assisting with process and start-up of major projects; managing major projects with significant community involvement. Administers, plans, coordinates, staffs, organizes and monitors the activities of the assigned programs.

Essential Duties

  • Prepares, coordinates and/or supervises the preparation of special studies related to the responsibilities assigned, or reports.
  • Provides project management skills.
  • Supervises or coordinates complex processes, especially regarding projects with significant community involvement.
  • Assists with the development of internal facilitation training and community engagement tools.
  • Ensures proper tracking and analysis of sub-unit operation performance and budget management.
  • Apprises unit manager of operational progress through periodic reports and identifies and responds to issues with sub-unit, unit, service areas or citywide impact.
  • Participates in work groups assigned to coordinate research, completes unit plans and reports and provides support to cross-unit and service area priority needs.
  • Designs, strategizes and runs public meetings through effective communication.
  • Provides a high level of communication to a variety of audiences.
  • Acts for the unit manager at his/her request or in his/her absence.
  • Leads public support and facilitation processes.

Related Work

  • Coordinates with other sub-units, units, service areas, agencies, municipalities and organizations to optimize unit operations and public benefit.
  • Provides support to a variety of boards and commissions on a regular or occasional basis.
  • Presents plans and design concepts effectively at public meetings.
  • Speaks at various commission and committee meetings and other public hearings and meetings.
  • Organizes and facilitates community engagement processes.
  • Serves as project manager on a variety of assignments and teaches project management techniques to other staff.
  • Performs research, planning and technical analyses for complex projects.
  • Acts as technical advisor to other personnel in solving difficult assignments and in reviewing objectives, techniques of execution and resultant findings.
  • Addresses complaints from citizens and others.
  • Prepares or coordinates the preparation of grant applications.
  • Participates in orientation and training of permanent and temporary employees.
  • If supervising subordinate technical, professional or clerical personnel, conducts performance evaluations and handles employee discipline and grievance processes.
  • Establishes standard operating procedures and regulations for sub-unit.
  • Conducts site inspections.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry)

  • Principles and practices of urban planning
  • Project management principles and practices
  • Simple budget preparation practices
  • Understanding of procurement processing
  • Computers and software applications used in business settings (e.g. word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, graphics, and data bases)
  • Public engagement and facilitation techniques and strategies
  • Customer service principles

Skills and Ability to:  (position requirements at entry)

  • Organize people, information and materials
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Set priorities, coordinate high level and variety of multiple projects and meet critical deadlines
  • Effectively communicate through strong oral and written communication
  • Develop and maintain non-partisan, respectful and effective working relationships with all levels within the organization
  • Negotiate effective and creative solutions to difficult conflicts
  • Listen effectively to thoroughly understand the intended message
  • Coordinating and independently performing technical research and studying, analyzing and presenting the results
  • Coordinate, analyze and independently perform technical research and present the results.
  • Apply appropriate policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Influence and lead others

Training and Experience (position requirements, at time of application)


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or a closely related field.
  • Progressively responsible community engagement related experience: at least 5 years
  • Large scale project or programs experience: at least 2 years
  • Ability to handle large groups of active people with differing opinions
  • Public speaking experience; developing and delivering presentations


  • Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or a related field
  • Certification in project management, community engagement, facilitation or related field
  • Supervisory experience

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 pounds such as mail, files and supplies.  Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.  The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

Related Titles: Urban Planning, Landscape Architect, Master Urban Planner, Urban Designer, Project Manager, City Planner, Community Development Planner, Planning Technician, Land Planning, Planning Supervisor, Planning Manager, Associate Planner, Assistant Planner, Planning Coordinator.

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